Update: Two marmots released June 24, 2019
The Marmot Recovery Foundation released two pups on Mount Washington near Campbell River on Monday, June 24. The wild population for the at-risk Vancouver Island Marmots is estimated at 150 to 200. The FWCP has been funding marmot recovery since 2008. What a team effort!
Translocating Vancouver Island marmots to Strathcona Park, 2019
This project will support the Marmot Recovery Foundation to translocate between five and 10 endangered Vancouver Island Marmots to colonies in Strathcona Provincial Park. These marmots will support previously re-established colonies, helping those colonies persist, while future recovery efforts are prepared. The Strathcona colonies will require support until the population grows significantly. The marmot is an endemic, endangered species that was extirpated from Strathcona Provincial Park in the 1990s. Reintroduction efforts have successfully established a number of colonies and a small population of marmots in the park.